"Hey Brother" (CD Single)

 
Country dance track about family love is catchy and clean.

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Positive messages

There are strong positive messages in the lyrics about the importance of family love and pledges of support. "What if I'm far from home? / Oh, brother, I will hear you call / What if I lose it all? / Oh, sister, I will help you out! / Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you / There's nothing in this world I wouldn't do."

Positive role models

Though Avicii has had a strong presence in the club scene and has written songs about drinking and partying, his more recent efforts address important subjects such as family love and personal empowerment. "Hey Brother" is about the unwavering support he has for his brothers and his sisters, which is definitely a positive message for kids.

Violence & scariness

The music video shows clips from the Vietnam War, though none is graphically violent.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The music video shows someone drinking a beer.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Hey Brother" is a single from Swedish producer and DJ Avicii about the strength of family bonds. With no iffy language, references to drugs or alcohol, or violence, the song is OK for young kids. The music video shows footage from the Vietnam War and someone drinking a beer, but since the war footage isn't graphic and the drinking is de-emphasized in a background shot, it's still OK for most kids.

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What's the story?

HEY BROTHER is the third single from Swedish producer and DJ Avicii's debut album True. The song features vocals by American bluegrass singer Dan Tyminski. The single and its music video describe the strength of brotherly and sisterly bonds, with a vow to be supportive no matter what. The music video intersperses shots of the Vietnam War with images of two brothers while the lyric video shows a montage of random video clips in slow motion.

Is it any good?

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Fans of electronic dance music and country enthusiasts alike will like this catchy tune. Tyminski's strong vocals are a good match for the pounding dance beats, and the sentimental message is sure to tug on some heartstrings. The only real downfall is the repetition. Since it's a dance track, the same verse and chorus are sampled over and over, which makes the song feel formulaic and a little tired before it's finished. It would be stronger if it told a more complete story, which you'd expect from a country song.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the message of the song. Do you agree with the lyric "the water's sweet but blood is thicker"? Are family bonds more important than other obligations?

  • Why do you think Avicii set the music video during the Vietnam War? How does it relate to the lyrics of the song?

  • Do you like the mix of genres in the song? Do you think country and electronic dance music go together?

Music details

Artist:Avicii
Release date:September 17, 2013
Type:Single
Label:Island
Genre:Pop
Topics:Brothers and sisters
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written bycinnagurl March 21, 2014
age 10+
 

Tim WTH?

This is not Tim people! This sounds NOTHING like Avicii. Fade Into Darkness and Drowning (Avicii remix) by Armin Van Buuren are absolutely beautiful songs from when before Tim was popular. Why? The radio and the top 40 charts are a danger to DJs. look what happens when they become popular? They turn to pop and even country! Tim what were you thinking?! Come back Tim I miss you! Please return to your old original beautiful sound! I miss it so much! Fade into Darkness is by far my favorite Avicii song. I love it! and it is TRUE avicii. So funny how his new album is called TRUE when its NOT TRUE.
Teen, 14 years old Written byMKAForever April 11, 2014
age 8+
 

Will you guys forget about the old Avicii?

As my title says, the day that Avicii becomes his pre-"Wake Me Up" self is the day that Barney the Dinosaur, Elmo and Sesame Street ALL DIE! If that's not gonna happen, then neither is the return of the old Avicii! That said, Avicii wrote this song just as good as (if not better than) his "Wake Me Up" song, and did a pretty good job picking the right singer. You're no Pitbull...That is a compliment!
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Teen, 15 years old Written byThepotatoman23 July 1, 2015
age 7+
 

Avicii's second best song on 'True' album!

Ok, I know that people want Avicii to go back to his old style, but let's say you never heard of Avicii. If you don't know who Avicii is, this song is really good. If you do know who Avicii is and you're a fan, this isn't exactly like old Avicii, but this song is still very fun and cool to listen to. GIve this song a try! In my opinion, Hey Brother is my second favorite song on Avicii's 'True' Album (My first favorite is Wake Me Up)
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